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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Winter skin Rx

Our bodies take a beating during the winter months thanks to harsh environmental elements like dry air and excess heat, constant hand washing and moisture sapping soaps. We want you to emerge from the coldest of seasons with smooth, healthy and radiant skin.
There are certain steps one can take to prevent and treat some of the uncomfortable symptoms of dry skin. Try washing your clothing in mild detergents and avoid bleach and fabric softeners. Avoid exposure to allergens and irritants, which will make you more itchy. Use warm water when you shower as hot water draws moisture out of the skin. And, don’t forget to moisturize.

1. Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy Skin Protectant Body Lotion
Dr. Julia Carroll, Toronto-based dermatologist, recommends, “moisturizing when you get out of the shower and you are still wet.” This will lock water in and decrease redness and dryness associated with winter months.
This new lotion from Vaseline is designed to alleviate symptoms of very dry skin like tightness, cracks, scales and flakes. It provides instant relief, protects for up to 24 hours, and helps extremely parched skin recover. We love that it is unfragranced and really sinks in quickly.
Available in most mass merchandise stores, drug stores and supermarkets in Canada and the U.S.
    2. Olay Quench Plus Firming Body Lotion
    Strengthen dry skin with this dual-purpose potion. Moisture is restored to dry areas and the skin’s surface is visibly firmer in just three weeks. For the best results use this silky lotion daily.
    Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and Target in the U.S.
      3. Consonant Pure Unscented Organic Body Lotion
      This light moisturizer provides intense hydration without leaving you greasy. Organic botanicals including jojoba, tamanu, sunflower, grape seed, evening primrose, lavender oils and coco butter nourish the skin.
      Available at Delineation, Lileo, Outer Layer, and Pir Cosmetics in Toronto, Canada, and online at
        4. J.R. Watkins Lemon Body Oil
        This soothing oil is best if added to a warm bath or applied just after bathing. The fresh scent invigorates while the nourishing qualities leave skin soft and supple. It is free of parabens and dyes, for those with extra sensitive skin.
        J.R. Watkins
        Available at Zellers in Canada and Target stores in the U.S.
          5. Jergens Naturals Soothe Daily Moisturizer
          Calm irritated skin with this rich cream. Yogurt, chamomile and soy extracts soften the skin and natural ingredients rebalance PH levels. You will notice that your skin feels hydrated and looks healthy after just a few uses.

          Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and CVS in the United States